Being well heeled

One of my research sources, the Toronto Bata Shoe Museum, has an online exhibition at the moment that includes a wonderful assortment of men's footwear, including one or two from the period I'm studing, the mid 17th century. One shoe I particulary like is the young man's pump here: The costume that accompanied this shoe… Continue reading Being well heeled


Field Healing and Dry Stone Walls

  June Newsletter So who hasn't nearly swooned during scenes from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series? Though the epic is a tad melodramatic for me, I am grateful to Clare Randall Fraser for popularizing the healer character in popular fiction. Though it's a role we somewhat expect from historic women, there aren't many, beyond professional nurses, whose entire… Continue reading Field Healing and Dry Stone Walls


Women Underground

My most recent literary research is on alchemy, particularly the chemistry/metallurgy in practice in 16th century France. I have a character I'm placing in a mountain village at the border of France and Italy who comes in contact with a visiting alchemist from the court of a Sardinian Prince. I have chosen my protagonist, Irene's,… Continue reading Women Underground